With future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady expected back for at least one more season with the New England Patriots, they are +600 Super Bowl 53 betting favorites (wager $100 to win $600) to take home their sixth title at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.
Brady and the Patriots came up short in their most recent attempt to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy on February 4 when they fell 41-33 to the Philadelphia Eagles, but they are eyeing some young talent in the 2018 NFL draft to help them make another run.
For the first time since 2012, New England has two first-round picks in the NFL draft this Thursday. They hold the 23rd and 31st overall selections. In fact, the Patriots have not had a first-round pick each of the previous two years, and they have chosen defensive players with their last four, including defensive end Chandler Jones (21st out of Syracuse) and linebacker Dont'a Hightower (25th out of Alabama) in 2012.
Could New England package its two top picks to move up and draft a quarterback like Louisville's Lamar Jackson? Offensive tackle Nate Solder, who signed with the New York Giants as a free agent in the offseason, is the lone offensive player the Patriots have drafted in the first round since running back Laurence Maroney in 2006. That figures to change this year so the team can plan for the future.
Meanwhile, Philadelphia will be trying to win back-to-back championships for the first time since New England accomplished the feat following the 2004-05 season as the +900 co-second choice. The Eagles will hope to have quarterback Carson Wentz back from a torn ACL plus expensive insurance policy Nick Foles, who went on to win Super Bowl 52 honors against the Patriots in the former's absence last year.
The Los Angeles Rams are also listed at +900 after making a bevy of additions so far this offseason, including former New England wide receiver Brandin Cooks (for the 23rd pick), defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib.
The Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers are next in line, all at +1000 to win Super Bowl 53. The Vikings made one of the biggest moves this offseason in signing free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins, while the Packers lost wide receiver Jordy Nelson but added tight end Jimmy Graham as another weapon for quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The Steelers figure to challenge the Patriots again in the AFC, although they will have to deal with disgruntled running back Le'Veon Bell for another year and might select his replacement in this week's NFL draft.
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